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Star Scrapbook: Matthew Grunwald

Matthew was the second finalist eliminated on Food Network Star, Season 11. Relive the memorable moments from his time on the show.
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Matthew Grunwald,

Matthew, a chef from Arizona, made a lasting impression in the brief two weeks that he was in the competition. He began the contest with a plethora of ideas for his would-be shows, but ultimately his inability to focus on the tasks in front him, like simply presenting to the camera in a controlled speech, led to his demise.
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#SoManyHashtags

Even the very first pages of Matthew's journal reveal the concept for his show, Food News Today. He wanted to engage young people using social media, which, of course, leads to his penchant for the hashtag. "#GetFiredUp," he wrote.

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According to Matthew

"Dapper," "wise," "son" and "flavor appreeechiator" is how Matthew would describe himself.

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Early Enemies

In the first challenge, the hopefuls had to introduce themselves and their culinary points of view in the spotlight, while their rivals watched and later gave one-word impressions based on what they'd seen. Matthew was quick to speak his mind, even if what he had to say was brutally honest. "Wata," he said of Dom, mocking the New Yorker's accent. "Matthew takes a shot at my accent; I don't like that one bit," Dom said.

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